KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 20, 2012) — Applications have poured in from exhibitors in 74 cities in 11 states throughout the United States hoping to show their vintage, classic and special interest vehicles at the sixth annual Art of the Car Concours ®, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24 on the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick Blvd. More than 46 new exhibitors have been accepted to display vehicles in 2012.
Returning this year as presenting sponsors: The Kansas City Mercedes-Benz Dealers: Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City
and Aristocrat Motors
When the gates open on the day of the Concours, 200 noteworthy vehicles will be on display. The cost to attend the event is $15 at the gate or $12 when purchased in advance online; children age 10 and under are admitted free. Proceeds benefit college scholarships at KCAI, a premier, private, independent, four-year college of art and design whose former students include Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Morris and famed animator Walt Disney, who took Saturday classes there as a teenager.
According to Marshall Miller, founder and chairman of the Concours, the event has become the largest by-invitation-only vintage vehicle show in Mid-America.
“The Concours is unique for its size and scale in having no formal judging and no classes of vehicles,” Miller said. “The intention is to provide a wide range of very high quality original vintage vehicles in an eclectic, informal setting without the pressure of traditional Concours events.”
Miller said more than 30 awards will be presented during the Concours, including the popular “People’s Choice” awards for vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles. These awards are determined by ballots submitted by people attending the event. To cultivate interest in classic cars among upcoming generations of fans and collectors, young people attending the Concours will be invited to select their favorites in Hagerty Insurance’s “Operation Ignite!” youth judging awards category. Other award winners are selected by event sponsors. A hallmark of the Art of the Car Concours is the tradition of presenting awards created by Kansas City Art Institute students or alumni.
Featured vehicles this year include a 1907 Mason Touring that has been in the same family for more than 100 years; a 1929 Model J Duesenberg convertible that once belonged to film star Ginger Rogers, who was born in Independence, Mo., and lived as a child in Kansas City, Mo.; an unrestored 1932 Cadillac V12 370 B Special Phaeton originally owned by the local Loose family; a 1937 Ford Darrin convertible; a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 coupe; a 1958 Lotus Eleven LeMans Series Two race car; a 1959 M6 EX186 touring race car; and a 1965 Porsche 615904 Carrera Coupe race car. For the first time, rides will be provided in a 1922 Stanley Steamer.
Underwriting for the Concours event is provided by numerous sponsors and from Miller, who with his wife, Janet, is a longtime supporter of KCAI. In 2011, the event raised nearly $120,000. Proceeds benefit student scholarships at the college, which was founded in 1885.
“In five years the Concours has grown to the largest invitation-only event in Mid-America for high-quality original vehicles of a wide variety,” Miller said. “As a result, exhibitors, sponsors and visitors from around the country travel to Kansas City for the Concours. We especially encourage multi-generations of families to attend, as that is how I started my interest.”
About the Kansas City Art Institute
The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent, four-year college of art and design, awarding the bachelor of fine arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, creative writing, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. The college also offers evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. More information about the Art of the Car Concours is available at www.artofthecarConcours.com
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